Seminars and Schedule

Classes are available online through Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.  Register online!  Classes run for 6 weeks. 


Houston, TX Feb 16-18 2018 (topic medley) email

East Troy, WI Mar 10-11 2018 (Scent Puzzles and Confidence & Motivation) email

Reno, NV Mar 22-25 2018 (Advanced AKC and Scent Puzzles) email

Helena, MT Apr 13-15 2018 (Hide Placement) email

Compete in Turner Trials: April 21-23 2018

Pasadena, CA Apr 28-29 2018 (Handler Discrimination and Training & Trialing Strategies) email

Prescott, AZ May 4-5 2018 (AKC Seminar, then judging connected AKC trial) email

Moorpark, CA May 11-13 2018 (Hide Placement) email

St. Louis, MO May 22-23 2018 AKC Judge’s Seminar at Purina Farms, co-presenting with Penny Scott-Fox

Kingston, ON May 27 2018 (Training & Trialing Strategies)

Wilmington, OH (FDSA Camp) June 1-3 2018

Seattle, WA (AKC, Training & Trialing Strategies, Coaching Day) Jun 15-17 2018 email

Sheboygan, WI (Training & Trialing Strategies, Awesome Exteriors) July 14-15 2018 email

Ham Lake, MN (AKC, Hide Placement and Confidence & Motivation) July 21-22 2018 email

AKC Business July 28-29 2018 (WI)

Toledo, OH (Confidence & Motivation) Aug 10 2018 email

HOST!!  Penny Scott-Fox Seminar Sept 7-8 in Stroudsburg, PA

Stockholm, Sweden Sept 20-23 2018

Stateline, NV (Lake Tahoe) (Training & Trialing Strategies, then judging connected AKC trial) Sept 27-30 2018 email

Judging AKC Scent Work at Westie Nationals Oct 7 2018

AKC Business Oct 13-14 2018 (NJ)

Winchester, VA (Confidence and Motivation & Training and Training & Trialing Strategies) Oct 20-21 2018 email

Denmark, Oct 26-28 2018

HOLD - Tucson, AZ Nov 2-4 2018

East Troy, WI Nov 10-11 2018 email

Regina, Saskatchewan Nov 16-18 2018

AKC Business Nov 25 (NJ)

Houston, TX (Coaching) Dec 8-9 2018

Atlanta, GA (judging 2 day trial, 1 day seminar Element Elementals) Dec 29-31 2018


Helena, MT (topics TBD) May 3-5 2019 email

Lebanon, PA FDSA Sports Camp, May 17-19 2019

Denmark (topics TBD), May 24-25 2019 email 


Planned course listing available on the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy page:

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Contact me if you are interested in hosting me.  I’m extremely flexible and will modify and customize seminars to suit YOUR client base.  Coaching days are also available.  ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT MY SEMINARS CAN BE AKC SANCTIONED BECAUSE I AM AN AKC SCENT WORK CONTRACTOR.


Path to Elite

This seminar is focused on getting the NW3 team ready for Elite and on honing the skills of existing Elite teams.  Learn success criteria…. like Odor Obedience and Converging Odor and solve a series of puzzles aimed at building your team’s core skill set.  Boost your scores!!

Get Ready for AKC!

This seminar will cover more than just rules…. lots of practice!  Everything from Distractions to Buried Hides….  This is a new offering….  bound to be a good one!  (2 day seminar)

Win by a Nose: Training & Trialing Strategies

This is a popular topic.  Learn the “secret sauce” to being the best competitive team that you can with your dog.  Learn the nuances of handling, reading your dog, managing arousal, teamwork and mental management.  Delve in depth into each of these critical components!

Developing your Trial IQ: Reading the Nosework Dog

What’s the biggest thing you can do to start qualifying and earning those P’s?  LEARN TO READ YOUR DOG.  In this seminar we will analyze different dogs during searches with an eye towards reading our own dogs.  Working dogs will be videoed for review during the seminar.  Learn to read your dog while executing various common scent puzzles.  This is a MUST ATTEND Seminar!

Scent Theory and Hide Design:

Learn the ins and outs of Scent Theory as it relates to hide design so that you can bring impact and power to your training sessions. Learn how to set up specific scenarios and puzzles to build your dog’s skills so you move you up the levels with ease. Work through a series of hide placements that will help you predict how the environment will have an impact on your dog’s performance. You will leave this seminar knowing how to gauge the challenges certain trial sites and situations offer and will understand why and how your dog is working particular searches.

Scent Puzzles:

Learn about some of the different puzzles that you might come across in trialing.  Come away with a clear understanding of how the scent behaves and how the scent conditions affect your dog’s search.  Stretch your skills!  Step up your game and work complicated scent puzzles designed to help hone your skills in preparation for the higher levels.  Scent theory and search strategy will be discussed.  Teams should have an NW1 title or equivalent and should be on all three odors.  Dogs must have experience sourcing multiple hides and inaccessible hides.

Element Elementals:

Explore all four elements and their challenges in this trial preparation seminar.  Have fun with different challenges that will stretch your capabilities.  Stacy will work on honing your handling so that you can go for those “P’s” and “Q’s”.  Each element will be presented with special challenges to work through in order to help you develop confidence and finesse.  There are no titling requirements for this seminar however dogs should be able to confidently work all four elements.

Confidence and Motivation:

Did you know that there are three kinds of Confidence?  And that your motivation problem might not be motivation at all?  Or maybe you DO have a motivation problem…. Learn how to tell the difference and how to address the root problem.  And what about the KEY to success…. AROUSAL!  Learn about how arousal and emotion can contribute to your success and explore how to regulate them.  Practice exercises and situational hides to build team confidence and to get the dog “in drive”.

Rockin’ Vehicles and Awesome Exteriors:

Learn the secret sauce to Vehicles and Exteriors!  Explore and discuss scent theory and aerodynamics and how they apply to these two challenging elements.  Preliminary skills are covered and the teams are quickly moved into challenging scenarios.

Coaching Day:

Handler’s Choice!  Tack on a Coaching Day to your seminar or choose Coaching Only.  Suitable for levels Intro to Elite.  This is a VERY POPULAR option!!

© Stacy Barnett 2015